President Buhari, Tinubu still together – Presidency 

By Timothy Choji, Abuja 

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The Presidency says appointment of a caretaker committee for the All Progressives Congress is not causing any rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and a chieftain of the party, Bola Tinubu as being insinuated.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu made the remark in a statement he issued on Saturday night.

Shehu said the National Working Committee of the party was dissolved to address the leadership crisis as well as save the party from total collapse.

“The very essence of the requests put to the Emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, which were unanimously approved, aim to pull back the party faced with an existential crisis from the brink of collapse, follow the constitution and take everyone along.

“While this action has been widely accepted with great relief by lovers of democracy and the rank and file of the membership, we are concerned that political vulturism masquerading as “smart analysis” is selling the commentary that this is a Buhari-Tinubu “showdown.” Nothing can be farther from the truth,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Aiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu on a party campaign train

The Presidential spokesman said President Buhari and Bola Tinubu have come a long way in politics and are still together.

“To put the records straight: In the formation of this great party and giving it leadership, President Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who are reckoned as the founding fathers of the APC are both inspired by democratic norms, national interest and not at all by partisan motivations. These are the qualities that have made them move past cynical distractions.

“They are in touch with one another. Their relationship remains as strong as ever and between the two of them, only they know how they manage their enviable relationship.

The Presidential spokesman went ahead to state that as much as the opposition parties and their supporters in the media have tried to break the relationship, they have failed.

“For President Buhari who has received much of the cynical commentary, Nigerians know him as someone who will not do anything with bad intentions. Neither will he do anything out of partisan motivations or for himself.

“This whole exercise, that should lead to massive reform and overhaul of the leadership of the party, as he said in that brilliant speech, was ”to save the APC from the imminent self-destruction. We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us and ensure that the party is run in accordance with democratic norms and with consensus. We have to work for the benefit of the country.

“The leaders of the party, who have received two successive massive mandates to govern the country and a majority of the states should be judged by how this exercise turns out in achieving these objectives, not cursed at the mere commencement of the process” Shehu stated.

 

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